Bright future for residents

Lord Mayor Coun Alan Law JP, local residents and Years 8 and 9 pupils of Springs Academy at the tree planting in Edenhall Road
Lord Mayor Coun Alan Law JP, local residents and Years 8 and 9 pupils of Springs Academy at the tree planting in Edenhall Road

The future suddenly looks a whole lot brighter for people living on one Sheffield street.

A project to improve Edenhall Road off City Road is seeing a range of work to improve the quality of life for its residents.

They had told Sheffield City Council they were concerned about safety and the quality of the environment on the street and since 2009 different agencies have worked together to see what they can do to improve life for people who live there.

Inspector Gary Booth, from the Manor and Arbourthorne Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Since 2009 local agencies have worked in partnership to address the issues raised by local residents.

“The result has been a dramatic reduction in the number of calls received from residents about anti-social behaviour and people have also told us that they feel much safer when using the streets.”

The work of the council, Sheffield Homes, South Yorkshire Police and the Arbourthorne Centre has also seen improvements made to homes, vacant homes being brought back into use, improvements both inside and outside the Arbourthorne Centre and now one of the final pieces in the jigsaw is improving the path that links Edenhall Road to City Road.

The path has already been resurfaced and a new bin installed and last week the Lord Mayor, local residents and pupils of Springs Academy planted a large, mature Pin Oak and a range of bulbs to brighten up the path.

This event was organised by the Community Forestry Team at Sheffield City Council and supported by Green Estate.

Later in the year unique stone carvings will be installed along the length of City Road including at Edenhall Road path space and, with support from the East Community Assembly, Green Estate’s apprentice team will maintain the space.

Mark Boyle, Manager of the Arbourthorne Centre, said: “It is really noticeable how much better the street is now and neighbours do come and say to me how much nicer the road looks and our centre users say how great it is to have had the centre re-decorated and tree and flowers planted outside.”

Lord Mayor Coun Alan Law said: “It’s great to be working with the local community in this area to make the changes that really matter to them.

“This is only the latest in a series of improvements to this area and we can already see that the work is making a real difference to the people that live here.”